Mentoring and learning: The case of CPA firms

Gary Kleinman, Philip H. Siegel, Claire Eckstein

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Analyzes mentoring as a learning forum for the accounting professional. Data collected from national CPA firms was utilized in the model development and hypotheses. This study examined how learning forums contribute to individual professional growth, performance and attitudes. Analysis of the model indicates that mentoring functions account for significant variance in job satisfaction, organizational commitment, intentions to leave, role ambiguity and job burnout. The analysis indicates that mentoring functions considerably influence socialization and personal learning. The research results highlighted the significance of the socialization process for accounting professionals within a CPA firm. Results of this study stressed the critical role of mentoring as a forum for individual learning. Accounting professionals who experience personal learning through mentoring relationships are less likely to leave the CPA firm since the socialization educates them to the firm's goals, values and politics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)22-34
Number of pages13
JournalLeadership & Organization Development Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2001


  • Accountancy firms
  • Mentoring
  • Organizational learning
  • Role conflict


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